This guided walk in Whitman Brook Orchard demonstrates how to perform annual pruning of apple trees in the field. Participants see examples of how pruning is carried out on various ages of trees, including those dating back to the original orchard that was planted in the 1920’s. (This walk recommended as a field experience to complement Mike Hebb’s in-depth workshop on pruning and grafting techniques, which is offered on March 24.)
Incorporating multi-media historical presentations and live personal narratives with musical performance, CIACCONA tells the story of one of music’s most ancient compositional ideas – the development of a simple repeating bass line – through the lens of solo violin repertoire. The program delves into questions of the meaning of art, the purpose of expression, and the motivations of four remarkable composers spanning from the Baroque to the present day: Biber, Bach, Bartók, and Berio, while simultaneously exploring the personal beliefs and questions of program creator and performer Robyn Bollinger.
Produced with generous support from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, CIACCONA affirms that even in the twenty-first century, with minimal technological gimmicks and maximum personal impact, classical music can again be meaningful to every audience.
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